ICC seminar: Sanctions, Export controls and logistics, Thursday 14 June 2018, The Hague

If there is a current development that deserves the close attention of all economic operators in the Netherlands it is the clear attempt of the Dutch authorities to step up enforcement of sanctions and export controls that we have recently witnessed.

The odd court case concerning the breach of sanctions or export control regulations rather used to stand out as a lonely landmark. Last year, however, we have seen a string of such enforcement cases. Not only do these cases serve as a stark reminder for would-be violators of the risks they take, they also present serious challenges for the transportation & logistics sector, especially in a transit hub such as the Netherlands.

This new enforcement trend vividly illustrates, for example, that the single transit of a military item may result in the criminal liability of transportation companies and their managers. The main difficulty will be to align commercially viable business models for handling cargo with ever stricter compliance requirements. But the impact of the trend is much broader since it has potential implications for virtually any party involved in the trade of strategic goods. This includes insurance companies, financial institutions, customs agents, manufactures and distributors. It is the main purpose of the seminar to identify and clarify these implications.

The seminar will also provide an overview and update of relevant policy developments and critical issues from an EU-US trade controls perspective.

Preliminary Programme 




Welcome and introduction

Trade controls – policy developments and critical issues from a US & EU perspective
By Susan Kovarovics, partner/lawyer at Bryan Cave;
and Bert Gevers, partner/lawyer at Loyens & Loeff 
The recent Dutch enforcement cases and their implications 
By Gerard Kreijen, partner/lawyer at Loyens & Loeff 
Is your contract trade controls proof?
Speaker t.b.d. 

Panel discussion: The export control & sanctions challenges for the Netherlands as a  logistics hub

Concluding Remarks


Drinks & Networking


End of Programme

ICC Netherlands, Malietoren, Bezuidenhoutseweg 12, The Hague

Fees and conditions
Members ICC Netherlands: EUR 250,- (excl. VAT) per person
Non-Members: EUR 450,- (excl. VAT) per person
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Registration is required. Please register via the below mentioned registration form. Registration closes Thursday 7 June 2018; please note that the number of places is limited. Cancellations after Thursday 31 May 2018 will be charged in full. 

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